The state is taking the first step to challenge a judge’s order against the shutdown of the VictoryLand casino in Macon County.
The attorney general’s office filed a notice of appeal in the case on Friday.
The state will fight a ruling by Circuit Judge William Shashy.
The judge ruled earlier this week that the state was wrongly targeting VictoryLand while letting other gambling halls remain open in the state.
Shashy dismissed the state’s attempt to keep 1,615 machines and more than $260,000 seized in a raid in 2013. VictoryLand has been closed since then.
VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor has said the decision clears the way for the gambling hall to reopen. An attorney for McGregor calls the state’s appeal premature and expensive for taxpayers.